Wed 21-Nov-12 06:40 AM | edited Wed 21-Nov-12 06:40 AM by Antero52
Aart, if this is the view from your veranda, you've got some wonderful scenery. It was a nice idea to capture the scene after the pleasant party. You obviously thought that the green candle will fit nicely with the green(ish) background. A minor problem is that the pure green of the candle emphasizes the fact that the BG is not exactly rainforest-green. You could experiment with adjusting the colors of the candle and the BG closer to each other.
I also agree with Kent in that the photo would benefit from something that couples the candle and the background to each other. Perhaps some more elements of your veranda, something that gradually fades from tack sharp to totally blurred. Cigar butts may be controversial items, however. (Well, so are wine bottles in some cultures but you can't please everyone...)
Antero, Thank you but you are rating my photographic ability, way too high. This was just a nostalgic photo. I did not for a second looked at the color of the candle or trying a still-live, it is just a memory. I think this is maybe one of my biggest mistakes, I am not serious enough and do my photography for fun. I will post you now a view from my "stoep", and although I love it, I do not think it will make a good photo. Mountains are changing for ever so that I have multiple photos of the same scene in different moods. This one is late afternoon, middle of winter (August).
I like the idea and really agree with Kent and Antero that a different type of capture especially the "fading" into the distance idea of other elements would enhance the idea. By the way, you have a wonderful view from your veranda.